Kitchen Innovations Award

The Kitchen Innovations Awards celebrate forward-thinking, cutting-edge equipment that’s making a significant impact on the foodservice industry. These awards are judged by an independent, expert-led panel of judges from a variety of backgrounds. The KI Awards recognize a broad range of technological achievement. Successful submissions include both new technologies as well as enhancements to existing technologies... Whatever the implementation, judges are seeking innovations that elevate automation, efficiency, safety and sustainability within foodservice.

Click here to view the awardees from 2020-2022

The deadline to apply is December 7th, 2022. Click here to apply.


National Restaurant Show KI Awards Showfloor

Application Process

Note: Products must be launched within 24 months of the 2023 National Restaurant Association Show (May 2021) to apply.

Applicants are asked to address the following in detail:

  • Describe the innovation’s design, technology, and functionality
  • What makes this innovation unique, superior, and unlike what’s found in competing products?
  • What current problem or shortcoming in foodservice does this innovation overcome?
  • Can you quantify measured or estimated benefits versus competition or prior designs or technologies?
  • Provide contact information for two foodservice operators who can verify information and benefits.
  • Upload relevant supporting materials:
    • Demonstration video
    • Spec Sheet
    • Sales Brochures
    • Third Party test results (if applicable)

The deadline to apply is December 7th, 2022. Click here to apply.

A refundable, $1,500 application deposit is due at the time of the application. Judge deliberations take place through early 2023 and applicants will be notified by mid-February of the final decision.

Click here for a step by step guide on how best to complete your application.


Benefits of Participation

If selected, the $15,000 KI participation fee includes the following benefits:

  • Inclusion in press release announcement with significant media coverage leading up to, and during the Show.
  • Promotion to Show attendees through our website, emails, social media, and online planner/mobile app.
  • Crystal award and portable standing banner promoting the innovation.
  • Turnkey exhibit space in the KI Showroom, the primary Show floor destination for dealer & distributor attendees. Booth space includes installation and dismantling of a booth structure, carpet, and utilities (electricity and plumbing) needed to demonstrate the innovation.
  • Material handling for the innovation to and from Show booth to the KI booth.
  • Limited food storage, including frozen and refrigerated storage, specifically for KI Showroom exhibitors.
  • Five additional exhibitor badges.
  • Lead retrieval scanner for lead capture use in the KI booth.
  • Use of the 2023 Kitchen Innovations logo with innovation promotions for the life of the product.

Note: KI Award recipients selected must maintain their separate space at the National Restaurant Association Show and agree to staff both booths. Click here to view the full Rules & Regulations of the Kitchen Innovations Award Program.

Questions about the KI Awards or application process? Please contact your sales rep or nraexhibitorservices@winsightmedia.com.

Click here to view Rules & Regulations

KI Awards Judges

The KI Awards program is judged by a panel of respected third-party experts from across foodservice representing some of the industry’s best-known brands and organizations.


FoodStrategy, Inc.


Ricca Design Studios

Eisenbarth, FCSI

President, Emeritus
Cini-Little International

F. Frable Jr., FCSI Associate AIA

Founding Partner
Clevenger Frable LaVallee

Cha Nye

Vice President of Construction and Facilities


Program Manager – Food & Beverage Experience Development
Disneyland Resort


Vice President, Design & Engineering Innovation
Inspire Brands

Krueger, Jr., CMCE, NRAMF

Chief, Air Force & US Space Force Food & Beverage
Air Force Services Center (AFSVC)


Senior Food Service Designer
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